World events calendar

Posted by Celia Walter | 3 May, 2009
World events calendar
This useful world events calendar is maintained by American think tank, the Council of Foreign Relations. It provides free access to a calendar of recent and forthcoming events (conferences, summits, diplomatic meetings) involving politicians and world leaders from approximately 2003 onwards. Future postings are also offered. Titles and brief listings of events are offered only. From

'The Journal of Dracula Studies'

Posted by Celia Walter | 3 May, 2009

Journal of Dracula studies
'The Journal of Dracula Studies' is a full-text ejournal. The journal is published using Wiki software, by the Dracula Research Centre under the directorship of Dracula scholar Elizabeth Miller. At May 2009 there are ten issues of the journal online, freely offering articles for download in either RTF or DOC formats (both formats can be opened with MS Office or the free MS Word Reader). Example article titles include: 'The Image of Transylvania in English Literature'; 'Count Dracula and the Folkloric Vampire: Thirteen Comparisons'; 'The Cultural-Historical Origins of the Literary Vampire in Germany'; and 'The Models for Castle Dracula in Stoker's Sources on Transylvania', among others. There are also many essays on Dracula in post-1945 popular culture. There appears to be no details of an Editorial Board or editor, or details on how to submit papers for future issues. From

From Celia: I couldn't resist posting this.

The hidden art of fore-edge book painting

Posted by Celia Walter | 3 May, 2009

On the edge : the hidden art of fore-edge book painting
This website highlights a special collection of over 200 images of fore-edge paintings which are housed in the Rare Books Department of the Boston Public Library in Massachussetts. Fore-edge painting refers to the process of applying an image to the fanned page block of a book, and if the pages are gilded or marbled, the image disappears when the book is relaxed. There are several useful online videos which demonstrate the process. The items within the collection can be browsed by subject, book title or painting title or searched by general keyword. Each entry contains bibliographic details about the book in question, and an enlargable image of the fore-edge painting. Other features of the website include a selection of articles on the subject of fore-edge painting, written by leading experts in the field, which provide historical and curatorial insight into the subject. From

UCT Libraries Rare Books and Special Collections Dept has a collection of books with fore edge paintings. My favourite is Hogarth's Sleeping Congregation painted on the book of Willam Paley's Sermons

Google Chrome

Posted by Celia Walter | 3 May, 2009
The purpose of Google's Chrome browser is to effectively make the "browser disappear" and to make the web "faster, safer, and easier." One rather noticeable feature is that instead of having a traditional toolbar, Chrome puts its tabs on top, and allows users to move them around to suit their own purposes. Users can also take advantage of the individual controls within each tab, which include forward and back buttons. Finally, the browser also contains a hybrid device which brings together the search box and the address bar. This version of Chrome is compatible with computers running Windows Vista and XP. From The Scout Report [KMG]

Wise Registry Cleaner 4.31

Posted by Celia Walter | 3 May, 2009
This free version of Wise Registry allows even neophyte computer users to perform a Windows registry scan with relatively little hassle. The program has a user-friendly interface, and the cleanup tool also offers an undo option, which is quite helpful when dealing with such a task. This version is compatible with computers running Windows 98 and newer. [KMG] From The Scout Report

Internet Resources Newsletter, no. 172, May 2009

Posted by Celia Walter | 5 May, 2009

Featured in this issue:

Internet Resources Newsletter by email and RSS
Random Quotes
News items of interest

A-Z New & Notable Web Sites:
About 100 new and notable websites: new services, ejournals, directories,
search engines, publishers, government sites, booksellers, calls for papers, software, news services, conferences, research groups, plus anything else of interest, etc, etc.

Nice Web Site(s):
Harvesters - national and international,
INIS Database

Blogorama and Twittersphere
Selected interesting blogs, RSS feeds and related news items, and also Twitter items

Get a life! Leisure Time
After hours

Published by Heriot-Watt University Library, and edited by Roddy MacLeod (, Catherine Ure and Marion Kennedy

Trial database: "Global Issues in Context" till 24.05.2009

Posted by Celia Walter | 6 May, 2009
Global Issues in Context

This database offers global perspectives on issues of international importance and current world events and topics in the news related to these issues.

Not a pro and con database, Global Issues in Context is a truly non-U.S. centric resource that ties together a variety of sources to present a rich analysis of issues — providing information seekers with a framework to better understand 21st-century issues and events while highlighting global connections and the interdependence of all nations.'

Trial information:

 Please visit

 Note. This trial requires a user name and password, contact the Humanities Reference Desk (ext 3703) for these.

Trial database: Gale Virtual Reference Library until 24.05.2009

Posted by Celia Walter | 6 May, 2009
Gale Virtual Reference Library takes research to the next level by delivering great reference print titles you and your patrons rely on in a database format…

Link to the Catalogue of Academic titles in this Gale Library

Note: A user name and password are  required, phone the Humanities Desk (ext 3703) for these.

Please email your comments to

 or take a couple of minutes to complete a Feedback form before the end of the trial period.


 Link to Database Trials page

Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians)

Posted by Celia Walter | 6 May, 2009

Sarah Milstein, co-author of “Twitter and the Micromessaging Revolution,” a research report from O’Reilly Media, writes about Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians) for the May issue of Computers in Libraries.

“The essence of Twitter is conversation. Libraries, however, tend to use it as a broadcast mechanism. Libraries on Twitter should encourage followers to interact with the library—ask questions, share links, re-Tweet interesting posts from others, and reply when people message you (those are prefaced with @ your account name). For professional development, look for conference coverage on Twitter.”

From iLibrarian blog

Univerity of Nottingham OpenCourseWare

Posted by Celia Walter | 7 May, 2009

U-NOW: University of Nottingham OpenCourseWare
This site forms part of the Univerity of Nottingham OpenCourseWare site U-NOW where the public may access free of charge a selection of online course materials and instructional tutorials created by departments at Nottingham University. They include coverage of classes from the pure sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Topics include foreign languages, general study skills (such as citing and referencing) politics and modern international relations. Online materials include podcasts, online tutorials, and some videos. Most materials are designed for undergraduate use. Copyright and technical information is displayed on the website. From

From Celia : some items which caught my eye:

Statistics - an intuitive introduction  (5 parts)

Levels of measurement

Pathway 2 Information : citing references

War on climate change


101 Undiscovered Free Apps and Services for Web Users

Posted by Celia Walter | 7 May, 2009

A useful guide to a few cool tools. The price is right for all of them, they’re free.

Categories include:

+ Smart Phone Apps

+ Security Tools

+ Social Networking

+ Browser Add-Ons

+ Photo and Video

+ Music

and much more.

See Also: The Complete List of Apps/Services in Alphabetical Order

Source: PC World

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Copyright - what is the future for education and research? UK Report

Posted by Celia Walter | 7 May, 2009

From a Summary:

…leading figures in UK education and research today met at the British Library to explore the tensions and opportunities surrounding the role of copyright law in an increasingly digital knowledge economy.

David Lammy MP, Minister of State for Higher Education and IP, joined a distinguished panel drawn from the fields of publishing, libraries and higher education, which provided a range of perspectives on how copyright might best support innovation, education and research in the online environment.

Source: The British Library

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Researchers Find a Way to Identify Individuals in Supposedly Anonymous Social-Network Data

Posted by Celia Walter | 7 May, 2009

Unmasking Social-Network Users...

From the Article:

Social networks typically promise to remove “personally identifying information” before sharing this data, to protect users’ privacy. But researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have found that, combined with readily available data from other online sources, this anonymized data can still reveal sensitive information about users.

In tests involving the photo-sharing site Flickr and the microblogging service Twitter, the Texas researchers were able to identify a third of the users with accounts on both sites simply by searching for recognizable patterns in anonymized network data. Both Twitter and Flickr display user information publicly, so the researchers anonymized much of the data in order to test their algorithms

Source: Technology Review

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Flu, Avian and Swine. From

Posted by Celia Walter | 8 May, 2009

Avian influenza and food
This 13-page information statement from the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) outlines the food safety issues relating to avian influenza (H5N1 strain). It discusses the general situation and actions taken to prevent and treat a flu pandemic, looks at the safety of bird meat and eggs, and synthesises the findings of government reports on potential transmission. There is also an extensive bibliography with online links where available.

American Society for Microbiology research publications on influenza A (H1N1) The American Society for Microbiology has made freely available online its research articles on influenza A (H1N1), swine flu, published within the past 6 months, November 2008 to May 2009. Articles are taken from the ASM’s Journal of Virology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, and Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. All the articles can be accessed from one url, which is available from this press release.

 NHS Evidence - swine flu
Search results from NHS Evidence providing links to useful resources in response to the 2009 outbreak of swine influenza (H1N1).


The Digital library of the Caribbean

Posted by Celia Walter | 12 May, 2009
Digital library of the Caribbean
The Digital library of the Caribbean is a cooperative venture which seeks to provide free access to online resources about the history, culture and society of the Caribbean and its constituent nations. The site is maintained by Florida International University (FIU) in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) and the University of Florida (UF). It provides free access to a growing collection of online resources including digitised editions of historic and contemporary Caribbean newspapers (The Nassau Tribune, Abaconian; Awe Mainta and Justice) the Leonard Carpenter Panama Canal Collection ( a collection of historic photographs of the canal region and construction most are dated from 1914 to 1929) large collections on maya and Aztec civilisations; online government gazettes, maps, photographs and historic books. A wide range of subject areas relevant to social scientists are covered : including political, economic and social history, elections and government, constitutional history and the history of slavery and emancipation, British Empire and decolonisation. Countries covered include: nations of the West Indies; Mexico; Bahamas; Barbados; Dominica; Puerto Rica; Haiti; Jamaica; Trinidad and Tobago. From
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